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Ironman prompts repairs to Route 73

The section of Route 73 slated for resurfacing runs tightly between the rocky cliffs of Pitchoff Mountain and the Cascade Lakes with a narrow shoulder. Numerous heaves and potholes create hectic driving for both motorists and cyclists travelling through the scenic pass.

"That area is certainly the most dangerous part of the roadway going through the Cascade Lakes region," said Politi.

Politi said the repairs are long overdue on a section of road that hasn't been reworked in nearly 10 years.

"The whole road needs to be redone," he said. "This is just a band-aid."

The repairs should make the road safer, said Politi, and will make it easier for athletes to train prior to the Ironman event.

The work will be done using one-way, alternating traffic operations controlled by flag people. Motorists are advised to proceed through the area with caution.

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